Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Part 3

“Spiritual practice is just training our minds towards reverence, like moving a potted plant to a sunny spot by the window.”—Lana Maree on Facebook

Okay, so I guess this topic (being the luckiest person on the planet) is now an official series. And one of the gazillion reasons it’s true is because I have the most awesome friends in the entire known universe.

I hear from hundreds of readers, who are all awesome, and I have a couple groups here in my hometown who get together with the sole purpose of HAVING FUN. And therefore attracting MORE FUN. It’s a constant reminder of why we are here on planet earth. I walk out of those groups….no, I should say I dance out of those groups buzzing with joy and love and creative ideas.

Yesterday, one of our newest members told this story. A couple years ago she made a New Year’s resolution to “never say no to fun.” That meant if anyone asked her to go to a concert or go out dancing or out to lunch, she was committed to say “You betcha!”

She had begun to notice that she was turning down invitations because well, she’s a mom and she had a busy day or she was tired or…..you get the idea. There are a million rational reasons adults can give for declining an offer to enjoy themselves.

Kids, she noted, never turned down fun. They were in constant search of the next good time. Teenagers, too, would never spurn a party…no matter how late or how much they were going to piss off their parents by sneaking out the bedroom window.

It begs the question….when was the tipping point? At what point did we begin rejecting the chance for joy and glee?

What she discovered during her year of “just saying yes” is that the energy she thought she was going to conserve by staying home actually grew. The tired feeling that had previously impelled her to give the other answer completely disappeared.

And now, she says, “I don’t even have to think about it. I always say yes to fun.”

In the comments section below, tell me what you’re going to do this week for fun?

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“We are all quantum special effects animators.”–Robert Scheinfeld

“Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.”—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Before entering the hospital room of a tuberculosis patient, visitors are required to cover their entire bodies. They even don surgical gloves and face masks.

None of us balk at this seemingly overcautious behavior. We don’t want to catch tuberculosis. It’s contagious, for goodness sake. Of course, we’d go to great lengths to avoid being exposed.

Yet, we never protect ourselves from the bad news we see on television, the horrible reports we read in the newspaper. What we see on the nightly news is nothing like what we see in our own neighborhoods. The new media presents a grossly-distorted picture, an anomaly.

And, unfortunately, that picture of “America, the Ugly” is every bit as contagious and as damaging as those tuberculosis germs.

Poet and novelist Maya Angelou goes so far as to call negativity poison. She is vigilant in protecting herself from negative conversation. If she hears what she calls “a poisonous comment,” she quickly says “sayonara” and doesn’t feel a bit guilty about it. If anyone starts in at her home, she asks them to leave.

“If you allow it (negativity) to perch in your house, in your mind, in your life, it can take you over. So when rude or cruel things are said, I say, ‘Take it all out of my house.’ Those negative words climb into the wood and into the furniture and the next thing they’ll be on my skin,” she says.

She prefers what Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians. They wrote complaining about old men who were chasing young women, about church members who refused to tithe. And he wrote back, “If there be anything of good report, speak of these things.”

Your thoughts are magic. Not one of them goes unheeded by the universe. Whatever it is you think and feel the great universal energy stands up and says, “I second it.”

Why cast your spotlight in dirty corners? Why focus on negativity?

Our thought about ourselves, about our world, about our relationships create our reality. In a landmark physics experiment, researchers who theorized that light waves were curvy found curvy light waves. And those who deduced light waves were straight as Billy Graham? They found Billy Graham-straight light waves.

Who needs a mind reader or a psychologist to dredge up an unburied unconscious? If you want to know what there’s just take a look around. It’s all right there in living color. If you see dysfunctional relationships, finances that are always a struggle, a word of snotty sales clerks, then that’s what you’re spending your time thinking about. In fact, the thoughts come first.

Change your thoughts and your focus and you can literally change your world.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“Dance like no one is watching. Love like you’ve never been hurt.”–Mark Twain

“Revolution might sound dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.”—Brene Brown

Just finished Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection. It’s a short, inspiring book, a perfect read for the day I took my daughter back to college. She (my daughter, not Brene) has been home most of the summer and, even though this is the second year I’ve taken her to college, dropping her off for a whole year (it was much easier dropping her off for four hours of kindergarten) still pulls on my heartstrings.

So in honor of moms and daughters and Brene Brown, I’d like to share this story from Brene’s fabulous book.

She and Ellen, her daughter, decided to run to the mall for a quick run-in and run-out. Brene hadn’t washed her hair, was wearing sweats and hoping like hell not to run into anyone she knew.

Eight-year-old Ellen, inspired by an exuberantly joyful song, began doing the robot (it’s a dance they often do at home) in the shoe department. Right in front of, as Brene describes it, “a trio of gorgeous women, tossing their long (clean) hair over their narrow, square shoulders as they perched on their high-heeled, pointed-toe boots, and watched their equally beautiful daughters try on sneakers.”

She says her default setting would have been embarrassment and a diminishing look at her daughter. But instead, as she watched those “magnificent moms…and their daughters visibly on the edge of doing or saying something mean-spirited,” she decided to join right in.

She says, “We stood in the middle of the shoe department and practiced our moves until the song was over. I’m not sure how the onlookers responded to our shoe department Soul Train, because I didn’t take my eyes off Ellen.”

Bravo Brene! And bravo for writing such a wonderful book.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“The leverage to create worlds is at your fingertips.”—Esther Hicks

“Most people don’t understand how important thoughts are and leave the development of thought patterns to chance.” –Dr. Daniel Amen

Since I’ve shared lots of butterfly stories here on the blog and have even had readers asking “How do I turn the butterflies off?” I thought I’d share a humorous twist on the Volkswagen Jetta experiment that came from my new friend, Paula, who stopped by to treat me to a fabulous lunch on her way to see her grandbaby in Kansas City.

Anyway, she made the intention to find the word cacophony.

“I’d never heard that word before,” she said. “You used it in E-Squared and I had to look it up, didn’t know what it meant. So I thought it would be fun to make the intention to see or hear that word again.”

Sooooo……wasn’t to be found in the newspaper. Didn’t show up in any of the books she was reading (like me, “my new BFF” devours books).

Basically, she’d forgotten about it. But she’s on her I-Pad, the 48 hours are nearly up, she’s looking up some directions, some route or something and guess what word shows up in autocorrect? Yep, the one and only: cacophony!

And one more fun story from last week:

This one is also from Kansas and from a manifesting maestro who’s only in kindergarten. Take it away, Mom:

“Last Christmas, our daughter received a gift from my sister’s family, in our White Elephant gift exchange. It was a complete kid’s kitchen set that their daughters weren’t using anymore. I didn’t think anything of it, until a few days later, when I went through her backpack from school. In it, there was a piece of paper, with an image of a very similar “kiddy kitchen set” pasted upon it.

When my daughter saw me looking at it, she grabbed the paper, ran into her room and said, “Mommy… LOOK!” She was pointing at the “physical” kitchen set she now had. I had chills. I guess the preschool teacher had the kids cut out an image of something they wanted for Christmas. The thing was, no one in our family knew of her desire. She had not mentioned this item, when asked what she wanted for Christmas… but she had obviously set the intention in her mind, and created her own “vision board.”
I can only imagine that this amazing little girl is going to have one heck of an exciting life.

Woo-hoo! Madi!!

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“I feel sparkly with energy.”–Carla Mumma from my Power Posse

“Accepting the idea there were going to be no problems was a greater adjustment than one might think.” –Glenda Green

I’d like to interrupt this blog with an important non-commercial announcement.

You are already a master at creating reality.

You can’t not be.

By virtue of being alive, this power is yours. Like all things vital to your well-being—air and sunshine, to name a couple you already take for granted—the energy to create worlds is your birthright. You do it every day, at every second.

The trick is to let got of the default “reality” you focus on now.

Once you do, the minute you let go of the “reality” you were mistakenly taught, it’s impossible to avoid joy, peace and daily blessings. They will stalk you like Freddy Krueger.

You have been taught that “life is a struggle,” that “nothing comes easy.” You have erroneously mastered the idea that people are not to be trusted, that it’s important to “be careful.”

And look how good you’ve been at creating THAT reality. In fact, it would be highly appropriate to get up right now and take a bow.

And while you’re standing, go ahead and do the “Harlem Shuffle” because once you let go of the “old reality” you created so successfully, the one with the deck of cards that proclaims “sickness is inevitable,” “abundance is limited,” “good things sometimes happen, but not all the time,” you can customize your reality to your liking.

Congratulations! You are now free to roam around the planet.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Let there be room in your life for magic.

“I’m in love with everyone.”—Michael Beckwith

I was lucky. Some writers experience envy when others succeed. I’ve had plenty of other “bad thinking habits,” but envy wasn’t one of them. I’ve always been able to celebrate others’ success, partly because I know I’m connected to everyone and also because I totally get it, that if they can do it, I can do it, too.

So today, in keeping with my motto “Celebrate what you want to see more of,” I’d like to celebrate two awesome stories that popped up in my inbox yesterday.

Those reading my book know that Experiment No#1, the Dude Abides Principle, asks readers to request a blessing, a clear sign from the universe that it has their back.

GloZell Green, my new favorite comedian, got her blessing at the exact hour she requested. Dr. Oz called and invited her on his show. That girl has some good manifesting ju-ju!!


Another reader, who I plan to interview for E-Cubed (my mission, after all, is spreading the magic) wrote to tell me that when she and her husband tried the Dude Abides Experiment, they got a $10,000 gift, no strings attached. And as she says, “We hadn’t heard from this guy (he’s a priest) in four years and we’re not even Catholic anymore.”

So my word today is “Celebrate!” Celebrate the victories and celebrate the things that don’t look like victory.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“Spend time imagining.”–Jay Pryor, my friend and amazing life coach

“Every wall that is holding you back is about to come crumbling down.”–Joel Osteen

I love Michael Beckwith! I wrote about him in E-Squared and I catch his powerful messages on Agape Live whenever I can! This morning, Spiritual Nurse Sandy (it’s a twitter handle) sent me this amazing YouTube of the master at work. Enjoy!!!

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Thank, God, it’s Monday!

“When we take one step, the universe takes 10,000.”—Mike Dooley

I’ve heard this ugly rumor that there are people out there who don’t like their jobs. That there are actually people who don’t get excited when “The End” rolls on the screen of their weekend. I’ve even heard more heart attacks happen on Monday (again something to do with work) than any other day.

So I’ve got a slight little tweak to offer. Since MY WORK today (that word never really cuts it for me, because, as you know, I. LOVE. EVERYTHING. ABOUT. MY. JOB) is getting started on E-Cubed, the new book, and since one of the sections is about little tweaks in consciousness that can make a huge difference, I thought I’d offer one here on the blog.

How about starting Monday with this sentiment? “I am so excited I get to go back to making money today.” **

Instead of thinking you HAVE to do something, it’s always wise to realize that you GET THE OPPORTUNITY to do whatever it is. That tiny tweak in wording (I get to go to my job, I get to have this uncomfortable conversation with my wife, I get to hear my lab results today) is often enough to re-route the flight pattern of your life.

Your words and thoughts are powerful and tiny adjustments can open a whole new reality.

** Shared by my friend, Carla, at yesterday’s group.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Blessings stalk me like Freddy Krueger

“Definitely, awesome, yea!”–line from my favorite new movie, The Way, Way Back.

Before E-Squared came out, I got a personal letter from Louise Hay. I’m pretty sure she sends it to all new authors, wishing them success on their books.

But, for me, it was like hearing from Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. or maybe from Bill Gates with a note attached that he’d recently deposited a couple of his millions into my bank account. To this day, Louise’s letter is sitting in the special drawer beside my bed.

I read her book, You Can Heal Your Life, many years ago and I’ve been a groupie forever.

So earlier this week, I got yet another awesome surprise. Shelley Anderson, Louise’s executive personal assistant, (how cool of a job is that?), wrote to tell me she’d started reading E-Squared over the weekend. She has been working with Louise for 15 years and using these creation principles for four decades. In other words, this woman has some good ju-ju goin’ on.

She gave me permission to share her lab results:

Exercise #1: Blessing will show up. I wrote that at 2:28 pm. At 5:00 pm I got home and a bouquet of flowers were waiting for me.

Exercise #2 part 1: think of colored cars. I picked green because they are rarer. I also picked the number 25. I saw 24 green cars and trucks on the way home Thursday. #25 was parked across the street from my house.

Exercise #2 part 2: yellow butterfly. I figured this one would be tougher. Went to grocery store, chiropractor, dry cleaners – nada. Then went over to Pala Casino and played video poker which I love to do. I got a royal flush! Won $1,000! Decided to celebrate with some ice cream at the casino and saw a penny slot machine. I hate them but guess what? This one had a gal on the front with a YELLOW BUTTERFLY. I had to go over there and play the machine! BTW the machine had NO butterflies as part of the game. LOL Oh and, Um, after playing for 30 minutes I won the jackpot: $942.08!!!

Thanks for sharing Shelley!

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

Dare to Be Amazed: Guest post by Cloris Kylie Stock

“Let whatever mysterious starlight that guided you this far guide you onward into whatever crazy beauty awaits.”–Cheryl Strayed
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Seeing my name on the bestsellers lists is cool and all, but the best part about E-Squared’s success is all the people I’ve met.

Turns out, this social media thing is really a hoot!

Last week, I did an interview with Cloris Kylie Stock (I think it was last week, I’ve been doing quite a few) and soon afterwards, she sent me this guest post which I am thrilled to offer here.

Cloris, who is originally from Venezuela (how cool is that!!), is a fabulous speaker and radio host.

Take it away, Cloris:

Dare to Be Amazed

by Cloris Kylie Stock

I live ten minutes away from a steep but short hiking trail that leads to a 360-degree view of the state of Connecticut. I’ve been there dozens of times, but my most recent visit will always be etched in my mind. Why? Because I was guided to regain my sense of wonder.

I’ll explain.

A woman and her two children were ahead of me on the trail. What usually is a quiet climb up the mountain listening to chirping birds turned into a raucous discovery trip.

“What a rock!” the girl said. I looked at the huge rock wall on the side of the trail, and remembered how exciting it had been to see its jagged features for the first time.

The girl’s brother pointed at the first glimpse of a view. “Look, look! The view!”

The girl’s jaw dropped. “Omigod! Amazing!” I casted a glance in the girl’s direction and realized that she was right. We weren’t even near the top, yet this view I was used to seeing often was already amazing. I found myself playing closer attention to the houses and farmland in the distance. Breathtaking.

Soon after the girl yelled, “Look, on the ground!” Her brother and mom stopped to see what she had spotted, and I joined them.

“It’s a salamander!” the boy said. “Let’s catch it!” As they devised a plan to capture the tiny orange creature, I took a closer look at it. It was beautiful and perfect. It was a divine creation like the kids, their mother, and me.

That’s when I realized how easy it is to take the beauty around us for granted, and to lose the sense of wonder we had when we were young children. We not only forget to appreciate the familiar scenery around us, but the people closer to us. Many times we forget how blessed we are to have someone to greet us when we get home at the end of the day, or someone to listen to our day-to-day stories. We also tend to overlook the time and work it took to design, produce, transport, and sell our stuff, and how many hours farmers spent on the fields so we could chomp on a juicy organic plum.

When we regain our sense of wonder, we align with the miracle of creation, and by doing so, we align with the presence of new miracles in our lives. When we have a sense of wonder we are aware, and awareness is a sure way to spot the piece of information or the person we needed to notice to manifest our desires.

As the Persian poet Rumi said, “Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment.” Allow yourself to be amazed, and amazing things will come into your life.

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Cloris Kylie Stock, MBA, is a career, academic, and life coach from Simsbury, Connecticut. She is a sought-after lecturer who has achieved the highest Toastmasters awards in communication and leadership. Her calling is to help people realize their maximum potential.

Blog: http://selfactualizedlife.blogspot.com

Online radio show: http://blogtalkradio.com/magnificent